A small Ohio state Buckeye fan rally in support of Urban Meyer drew attention yesterday, and among those in attendance was Stacy Elliott, the father of Cowboys running back, and former Buckeye, Ezekiel Elliott.
When asked about Meyer, Elliott, dressed in his son’s #15 college jersey, passionately defended Urban and argued that he should keep his job at The Ohio State. Elliott made the case that Meyer complied with his responsibility to report the 2015 domestic violence incident between Zach and Courtney Smith, and excused his handling of B1G Media Day press conference questions on the topic, to which Meyer appears to have lied in response. He also ranted about accusers “coming out of the woodwork,” appearing to refer to Ezekiel’s domestic violence situation involving an ex-girlfriend that led to a six game NFL suspension. It’s not clear how that relates in any way to Courtney Smith.
This rally was largely criticized as tone deaf and college football tribalism defending the program at all costs. It probably would have been better to sit this one out for Zeke’s pop. He chose to be front and center.